The Jacksonville Jaguars were once one of the most dominant rushing teams in the NFL, mostly thanks to the explosive and consistent play of running back Fred Taylor. After being drafted 9th overall in the 1998 NFL draft, Taylor came in immediately and was one of the most electrifying players in the entire league.
Marred by injuries which have unfairly tarnished his legacy, Taylor still managed to finish in the top 15 on the career rushing list.
Taylor’s resume is impressive enough to land him in Bryce Olin’s article of the top 30 running backs of all-time.
"21. Fred TaylorOften overlooked because he played almost all of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fred Taylor is another one of the games best dual-threat running backs.To call Taylor a dual-threat running back actually diminishes what he was, though. Taylor’s 11,695 total rushing yards ranks 15th all-time.Taylor rushed for more than 1,000 yards in seven of his 13 seasons, but he also battled injuries throughout his entire career.Fred Taylor was a beast!"
One could make a very strong case for Fred Taylor to be in the hall of fame one day, and an argument could be made that he should be higher on this particular list. By my count, Taylor should be ranked ahead of Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis, and Thurman Thomas. In his prime, Taylor probably ranks in the top 5 just in terms of talent level.